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Employee of the Month (PG-13)





Release Date: October 6th, 2006 by Lionsgate Films.
The Cast: Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson, Dax Shepard, Andy Dig, Tim Bagley, Brian George, Efren Ramirez, Marcello Thedford, Danny Woodburn, Harland Williams.
Directed by Greg Coolidge.

BASIC PREMISE: Super Club employees Zack (Cook) and Vince (Shepard) compete for the Employee of the Month award in order to date the sexy new employee, Amy (Simpson).

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Employee of the Month tries to be funny but, for the most part, the humor falls flat on its face. Dane Cook, who somewhat resembles Ryan Reynolds from WaitingÖ and Van Wilder, plays Zack as an employee who has never won the Employee of the Month until he has finally has an incentive: Amy, a sexy new employee, only dates Employees of the Month. So, for the rest of the plot he competes with Vince, the smarmy previous winner of the award. Donít the other employees want to win it, too? Apparently not. None of the actors have good comic timing, even Efren Ramirez (a.k.a. Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite) as Vinceís dim-witted buddy. The romance between Zack and Amy feels corny and silly. On top of that, Jessica Simpsonís gives an unsurprisingly bland performance. Unfortunately, the screenplay by co-writers Don Calame, Chris Conroy and Greg Coolidge include too many gags which feel either too forced or juvenile. Why does almost every comedy this year have to have stupid, gross-out toilet humor? Didnít people see enough of it in Jackass Number Two? Itís more sick than funny when Zackís grandmother reminds Zack to wash his balls before going out on a date. Watching Employee of the Month will only make you dream of watching Office Space, a far superior workplace comedy that actually makes you laugh.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Silly, unfunny and juvenile humor.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 5

IN A NUTSHELL: Silly, juvenile and painfully unfunny. RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV


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